1953 Jackie Robinson Game Used Bat....
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Dallas, TX 75219
Presented is an extraordinarily rare signature model Hillerich & Bradsby O16 utilized by Robinson during that dominant season in Flatbush. It's never been entirely clear why Jackie's bats are so much more scarce than his contemporary Hall of Famers', but it's worthy of note that they surface on the major auction block at an average of less than once a year. And this is one of the finest of that tiny supply.
Factory ordering records allow the experts at PSA/DNA to peg this lumber definitively to the 1953 season, as it was the only year Robinson requested the O16 model. Its length of thirty-four and a half inches and weight of thirty-two and a half ounces perfectly match factory specs, and a faded vintage number "42" handwritten on the knob further assures its brush with greatness. Though it was far more than a simple "brush." Expert John Taube characterizes the use as "heavy," noting multiple ball marks and stitch impressions on the barrel, and a handle crack secured with heavy tape. The initials "CEG" on the knob are dismissed by Taube as "unrelated to Robinson or the Dodger team, and placed on the knob by a subsequent owner."
This bat is not for the collector who needs any closing argument to explain its importance--it demands a curator who understands what an essential role Robinson played not just in the success of those 1940's and 1950's Brooklyn Dodgers teams, but in the advancement of that thoroughly American philosophy that all men are created equal. Graded PSA GU 8. LOA from PSA/DNA.
Service and Handling Description: Bats, Clubs, Sticks, Swords, Rifles, etc. (view shipping information)